Haverhill Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) is likely to appeal to social media users to vote to help set its future priorities.
The SNT holds a quarterly meeting in which the public discuss their concerns and then elect three to be set as priorities for the SNT, though at the last meeting on September 9 Inspector Peter Ferrie was left frustrated as parking problems were chosen as a priority yet again, this time trumping concerns about rough sleeping in the Duddery Hill allotments and drinking in the town’s alcohol free zone.
Now the police will look to appeal to social media users through their Twitter account – @PoliceHaverhill – and encourage people who are not at the meeting to get involved with setting the priorities nonetheless.
The force will also look to refine the process of how priorities are chosen to ensure those elected are things the police can address and hopefully avoid parking problems being consistently chosen.
Around 40 people were at the September 9 SNT meeting where anti social behaviour and drinking in the alcohol-free zone (15 votes) was raised as a concern along with people sleeping rough on the allotments (ten votes), although those were trumped by ‘boy racers’ speeding down the High Street late at night (23 votes), people parking on pavements throughout the town (20 votes), and – after being refined into one priority – dealing with anti social behaviour in Clayhive Drive, Clements Drive and Bedford Court, robberies in the latter and people drinking as they go through the Clements estate (21 votes).
For the full story and all the latest news see Thursday’s (September 26) Echo.